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could power the future. pairs of atoms and infusing them together. this will release more energy. >> welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. today relations between the u.s. and russia and another snack when president obama canceled a planned meeting with president putin in russia next month. this comes just days after russia decided to grant asylum to the former intelligence analyst, edwards noted. -- edward snowden.
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two towering figures on the world stage. relations between russia and washington have never been more, has hadpresident obama a major diplomatic snub aimed at president putin. edward snowden is at the center of the latest round. the former contractor fled america after leaking government secrets. the u.s. is unhappy after russia granted him asylum to stay there. president obama made his feelings clear. >> they have been times where they slip back into -- what i consistently say to them and president putin is, that is the past. we got to think about the future, and there is no reason
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why we should not be able to cooperate better than we do. the two men to work together when it comes to iran, north korea, and afghanistan. but relations between the two remain strained on a number of issues. over are tensions resolving the deadly conflict in syria. america's plans for a missile defense team on russia's doorstep has angered moscow and the white house is highly critical of russia's human rights record. the russian government says it is disappointed in today's announcement. many feel it will not damage long-term relations. but the americans might not like him, but they will have to meet. think obama is right in this case. they must meet. they are presidents. they have to me.
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rare for them to be counseled and such a public fashion. the u.s. foreign defense secretary is meeting with his russian counterpart on friday in washington. barack obama still plans to travel to russia next month for the g-20 summit. that will still come face-to- face in a very public way. >> for more on today's announcement and what it means for u.s.-russian relations, i am joined by a director of the russian program at the center for strategic and international studies. what do you think the fallout will be from this cancellation? >> it is definitely a blow to the relationship. it reflects their course of the relationship over the last 18 months. i think both sides are trying to mitigate it. the reaction in moscow was fairly relaxed.
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they want to work constructively on the relationship. the secretary of state and still planr affairs to meet on friday. >> do you think that meeting will go ahead? will it be a little bit awkward? >> it is somewhat of a positive sign that they are trying to maintain some semblance of a dialogue. that, itssians cancel is an indication of a further downward spiral. i don't think it's mostly about edward snowden, but it certainly complicated things. the obama administration has been making a full-court press to try to move the relationship on a positive trajectory. you hear a lot of proposals on arms control issues as well as economic issues. have not hadt they a positive or negative response,
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they are getting no response, just silence. >> the president really wants that arms control agreement, doesn't he? is he going to get it? but i would be surprised. it doesn't look good right now. that is probably the straw that broke the camel's back. russians had been more responsive to the missile defense proposals, that would have had something to talk about. to gain the new government in iran crest or >> it is not helpful. putin is going to ran for about 10 days. i would think that obama would be interested in talking to him when he gets back from tehran. iran is one possibility. we have common interests there
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to try to walk them back somewhat from their nuclear program in iran. what it would take now is just a more positive response from mr. putin, let's have a framework for discussion. i think that on the nuclear issue and missile defense would have been enough for obama to go to moscow despite all the criticism he would have occurred for it. >> today a small fire quickly became an inferno that ripped through nairobi international airport. facing longre delays and diversions. it happened on the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the u.s. embassy in kenya and tanzania. officials said there was not -- they did not think there was a terror link to the blaze. >> one of africa's busiest airports in flames.
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the fire starting just before dawn in the crowded immigration ward. many passengers scrambling for safety. to move i could see there's really no plan of action. people were just running from left to right. brigadehear one fire coming and people were really weren't. >> fire engines were slow to arrive and quickly ran out of water. eventually the blaze was put out. the cause is still unknown. there's no serious injuries. >> the fire has been contained and the cause of the fire is being investigated. at this point, there is no reason to speculate. reopeningrminals are
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tonight but many international flights have been diverted to the coastal city of mombasa. >> it is very disappointing. >> it will take months to fix, but at the height of the holiday season, kenya is now rushing to insure that its tourism industry is not damaged. >> the terrifying blaze there. the political crisis in egypt is entering into a dangerous phase. supporters of morsi have bowed to maintain their protest outside a cairo moscow. cairo mosque.carrol
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theven after five weeks, makeshift camp is still home to of supporters of president mohammed mursi. government's back by the military said that the camps all had to be disbursed, but it is not clear how. the last altercation with the security forces proved bloody. as dusk fell at the camp, protesters prepared to make stand, and few refuse to go home. >> this is where we have to start from. withmilies are living here their children. they say they are not worry
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about what the security forces might do because so many have died for their cause. >> the brotherhood has been accused of choose -- using children as a potential market. die, at it is for a good cause. 90% are muslims and another -- the other 10% are coptic. >> i am deeply concerned about the time had in egypt. i think it dispersal of the demonstrations will result in an extremely high death toll. will be impossible to overcome. the interim government
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promised to take steps to avoid bloodshed and called on the nation to unite to celebrate eid. >> the it is standoff taking a turn for the worse. yemen is conducting a massive security operation to prevent government buildings and other key targets against possible attacks from al qaeda. a spokesman said the government has foiled a major plot. activists in syria said the government has killed 62 rebel fighters in an ambush in damascus. a syrian military source said killed in a city northeast of the capital. >> a dramatic scene in ohio today as the cleveland house were three women were held captive and abused for more than a decade was demolished. last week, ariel castro, the man
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who carried out the shocking crimes, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1000 years. today among those on hand to see the house be torn to the ground was one of the victims, michelle night. become one of america's most notorious of dresses. ar nearly 10 years, it was prison for three young women who were abducted on nearby streets and held there only to be repeatedly raped and tortured. the man who owns the house, please -- ariel castro, pleaded guilty to a plethora of charges resulting from their kidnapping. he agreed to surrender the property to the local authorities as part of a plea deal to spare him the death penalty. the aunt of one of
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the captives, and gina dejesus, struck the first blow from the mechanical arm. >> it was really hard. >> for the victims and their families, it represents not only healing, but closure. michelle nights and the longest time in captivity. she was there with balloons, a symbol of those who were abducted and never found. >> i want people out there to know, including the mothers, that they can have strength and hope, and their child will come back. >> gina dejesus, michelle knight, and amanda berry, have been recovering well from their harrowing ordeal. it is a sign of ariel castro's delusion that he is said to have cried as he handed over the deed to the house, saying he had so
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many happy memories of the place. it has oelrich -- already been erased from the google street view, but the memories of those held captive will be less easy to erase. there is talk of turning the area into a neighborhood park. >> the house of horrors destroyed there. still to come on tonight's this newfor 20 years york neighborhood has drawn an artist from around the world. they could face demolition. cambodia's garment industry makes up 80% of the country's exports. it employs hundreds of thousands. the international labor organization says conditions at factories are even worse than before. on the move.nation a fast-growing economy that is
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dependent on cheap labor. and the gap between the rich and poor is growing. and so is the anger. this demonstration in june was outside a factory that makes clothes for nike. the protest was one of hundreds that have taken place across the country. marmon workers want better pay and conditions. -- garment workers want better pay and conditions. they have a measure of financial freedom. these young women were monthonce farmers. they said they took part in the strikes, too. they want their bosses to pay them more. >> they cannot raise our salary by measly $3. they cannot afford to hire security. why cannot pay more? stake they ares also victims.
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was at the protest, too, and said workers were violent and aggressive. isthe garment industry cambodia's lifeline. it is the biggest income earner here and has raised salaries and living standards for hundreds of thousands of people. but it is a cut road and competitive business and it depends on a cheap and valuable work force -- a cutthroat and competitive business. start pay mores for their clothes, this army of workers will not give up their fight. >> leisurely vacations may be the first things you think of when you think of the summer. a source of power is actually
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taking shape. forced together to release energy. they are repeating here on earth hoping it will supply electricity. our science editor has been given access to see the massive construction project under way. largeste of the world's construction sites, future energy is taking shape. this project is trying something extraordinary, to build a machine that will produce energy by copying what happens inside the sun. blazing over this corner of southern france, is a process known as fusion. >> it promises an almost limitless source of energy. demonstrated from what scientific point of view that fusion can be a source of
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power. >> in. it is easy to fuel, produces little waste and creates no greenhouse gases. is backed by europe, america, china, india, russia, and japan. more than half the world's population sharing the cost at 13 billion pounds. let's use virtual reality to explain how it works. in a normal nuclear reactor, you take an atom and then split it. this releases energy, a process known as vision. what they are doing here is the opposite. they are taking pairs of adams and then fusing them together. this will release even more energy. it is called fusion and it is the process that goes on inside the sun. there's really only one way to contain this. that will create an enormous magnetic field. we'll sit here like a giant ring
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and inside its, the fusion, all those adams being forced together, will take place right in the middle. if this works, it will be a major step to showing that fusion can be a viable source of power. but there is a very long way to go. .ere is one they built earlier it has pioneered research. i was shown around the tangle of pipes and cables that swirled around the reactor. everything about this technology is challenging. this is the strange sight of the process in action. they have got fusion to work, but not yet on a scale that makes any kind of financial sense. >> is it scientifically feasible to generate energy from fusion? we have not learned whether we can do it at a commercial rate
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that you want to pay for your electricity. now everything hinges on the project under way in france. it is like a high-tech jigsaw puzzle, fitting together a million components made in dozens of different countries. they will have to orchestrate their rival and built step-by- step. -- orchestrate their of arrival. fusion energy is still decades away. this is where we will see if the power of the sun really can be duplicated here on earth. >> could it help with our energy needs? five points have been the gathering spot for graffiti
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artists all of the world, but it could be coming to an end. the owners' plan to tear down the building by the end of the year to make room for high-rise residential towers. >> every city has a hall of fame. i would say the five points is for new york the hall of fame. it is by far the biggest graffiti convention, where anyone can go. legalis the largest outdoor arts festival in the world. every major tour operator brings them here. the honor of the building once to cash in and he wants to put up two towers and destroy the building. >> that have always been our
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buildings. over 20 years, the artists have been here working on the walls without any trouble. they always had the freedom to do what they wanted to do. now we want to do what we want to do with our property, and that is to build two rental towers and grow with the growing neighborhood. >> we have been part of the fabric of long island for over 40 years. we understand the rhythm of the community and what they have to say. the community is changing. i don't think they understand that this is our property and we would like to do what we think is right for the neighborhood and for ourselves. >> the developer is talking about building 1000 apartments on that side. in new york city, real estate economy, that is potentially
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going to call something on the order of $300 million. that is the mathematics. never allow any political content or religious content or pornography or anything offensive on the building. it basically says eat or be eaten. at the end of the food chain is a corporate looking guy with a briefcase and a suit and the artists that came all the way from germany and austria. >> 5 points is a snapshot of this moment in time. new york's population is growing. the economy is growing. anything that is less than economically the highest and best use of a piece of property has a very difficult time holding on.
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>> the real estate boom in new york threatens a graffiti landmark. that brings in today's program to a close. confine much more and all the day's news at our website -- you can find much more at our website. see you tomorrow. >> make sense of international news -- at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for over 30 years, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard
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